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Chettinad Kozhi Varuval - Chettinad Chicken Fry

An spicy chicken stir-fry with recipe from the land of Chettinad!
  Garlic pods 4
  Ginger piece 1 Inch
  Fennel 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
  Chilli powder 1 Tablespoon
  Pepper 1 Tablespoon
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Yogurt 1 Tablespoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Onion 1 , chopped
  Tomato 1 , chopped
  Ginger garlic paste 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1⁄2 , sliced
  Red chillies 3
  Pepper powder 1 Teaspoon

1) Prepare the marinade by grinding all 'marinade' ingredients together.
2) Marinate the chicken with this paste for a couple of hours.

3) Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions. When the onions are soft add the ginger-garlic paste and then the tomatoes. Fry until the tomatoes are soft and the oil comes out.
4) Put in the chicken, add a little water and cook until done and the water is evaporated. This will take about 15 minutes.
5) In a different pan heat some oil and fry the red chillies, curry leaves and the sliced onions. When onions begin to turn brown, add the pepper powder to the onion and mix it well.
6) Put the fried onion to the cooked chicken and give it a stir. The fried onions give a nice, smoky flavor to the dish.

7) Serve hot with all the things that I suggested above..

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Dry Curry
Preparation Time: 
120 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
145 Minutes
I must warn you that this is a very spicy dish. If you have a Western palate, then this dish might just molest your palate. But if you think that your spice tolerance amount is reasonably high, please feel free to try this one. This Chettinad dish is awesome, and though the ingredient list might appear extensive, it is pretty easy to make!Goes well with steamed rice, idiyappam, parota, idlis, dosas, naan or just about every other Indian side dish.
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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 88 Calories from Fat 22

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g3.9%

Saturated Fat 0.34 g1.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0.49 mg0.16%

Sodium 399.5 mg16.6%

Total Carbohydrates 16 g5.4%

Dietary Fiber 4.9 g19.7%

Sugars 5.1 g

Protein 3 g6.6%

Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 41.7%

Calcium 10.3% Iron 25.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Anonymous's picture
I am fan of chettinad dishes. Would surely try out this one .
Anonymous's picture
there are just so many versions of chettinad chicken... can't go wrong with the taste
Rashmi Ambadkar's picture
This Chettinad chicken fry is awesome with all the aromatic spices nicely blended...
sudipa_foodlover's picture
I am too fond of spicy dishes...
oatmeal's picture
Chettinad cuisine is indeed a treat or spicy food lovers!
hungrysoul's picture
What an exotic dish. I love Asian spices and flavors.
sweet lover's picture
hot and spicy...this chicken fry is a must try ...
Anonymous's picture
There is a good story about chettinad cuisine well.
Anonymous's picture
Love chettinad food... lovely mix of flavors
epicure's picture
Chettinad is in Tamil Nadu I believe, I have become very fond of Chicken Chettinad just reading so much about it! Yet to taste it tho!
Anonymous's picture
chicken is my fav! and this chicken fry looks so tempting!
barbecue's picture
tempted to try it!
Anonymous's picture
Yummy !
yummyyum's picture
Chettinad dishes are so good...So, this one too has to be good...I will try it this weekend.
thot4food's picture
This is one of my favorite dishes
Gossip.Goddess's picture
I love this!
colorfulcandies's picture
great article
Anonymous's picture
Sounds yum!
banurekha's picture
i love to cook chicken i will try this today
Chettinad Kozhi Varuval - Chettinad Chicken Fry Recipe, Kozhi Varuval